- The Washington Times - Monday, October 2, 2000

Thurmond expected to go home today

Sen. Strom Thurmond, hospitalized after losing consciousness in a restaurant, was "doing very well" and hoped to go home today, his spokeswoman said yesterday.
Mr. Thurmond, 97, the oldest senator in U.S. history, was "very alert" when aide Genevieve Erny spoke with him in the morning. He was still doing well in the late afternoon, she said.
"They still have not conclusively determined the cause of the occurrence, but … it may be the result of dehydration," she said.
The South Carolina Republican was having lunch with two friends Saturday in an Alexandria, Va., restaurant when he took ill. He is recovering in Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Clinton hears pastor on church, state

President Clinton yesterday heard a strongly worded defense of church-state separation by his former Arkansas pastor.
The Rev. Brian Harbour was visiting Washington for a meeting of a Baptist church group aimed at protecting religious freedom, and he cited other religious leaders' praise of Mr. Clinton for championing religious liberty.
Mr. Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, attended the service at the Cavalry Baptist Church in Washington.

Judge rejects attempt to reopen Davidian suit

WACO, Texas A federal judge rejected a second attempt by plaintiffs to reopen the Branch Davidians' wrongful-death lawsuit against the government.
Attorneys David T. Hardy and Jim Brannon had asked U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. to reconsider his ruling that rejected the notion that flashes picked up on FBI infrared video on the final day of the 51-day standoff at the sect's Waco compound were blasts from FBI weapons.
Mr. Brannon said yesterday that it was his impression that "the judge was not going to let anything get in the way of his ruling, including the facts."

Surfer escapes shark attack

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. A surfer managed to escape an attack by a great white shark, and only his surfboard was damaged.
The shark, described as 8 to 10 feet long, smacked up against Paul Evwer's surfboard Friday. The jolt pushed him into the water and he immediately swam to shore.
The shark, meanwhile, sank its teeth into the bottom of the fiberglass and Styrofoam board, said Larry McPheeters, deputy harbor master of Pillar Point Harbor Patrol at Half Moon Bay.

Talks resume in LA transit strike

LOS ANGELES Contract talks resumed yesterday in an effort to end a 2-week-old transit strike that has left Los Angeles County without most bus and rail service and stranded some 450,000 people who rely on public transportation.

Mayor Richard Riordan met individually with negotiators for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and union leaders, conducting shuttle diplomacy between rooms of the hotel where the talks were under way, MTA spokesman Marc Littman said. Mr. Riordan said he was "cautiously optimistic" an agreement would be reached.

LaGuardia to get flights despite ban

NEW YORK Airline officials said yesterday they are starting new flights at New York's LaGuardia airport despite a ban set in September on new peak-hour flights by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The carriers, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Vanguard Airlines Inc., said they would fly the new routes for at least a month and would continue working to address strains on the airport's capacity.
Delays at LaGuardia in August were more than double the same month last year, mostly because of traffic outweighing capacity, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Port Authority imposed a temporary ban on new flights during peak morning and evening hours starting yesterday, according to letters sent to airlines in September, even though those new flights were allowed under federal legislation passed in April.

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